The San Antonio Spurs aim to take a 3-1 lead and put a stranglehold on the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night at the AT&T Center.
The Spurs got some good news about injured point guard Tony Parker, who said Thursday morning that he will play in Game 4.
"I'll be ready to go," Parker told reporters at the team's shoot around.
Parker underwent an MRI exam on Wednesday and the results displayed a mild strain of his right hamstring, which he injured in Game 3.
San Antonio hopes to continue to shoot lights out after the team made an NBA Finals record 16 3-pointers on Tuesday. Guard Danny Green made seven 3s and Gary Neal added six more, as the two combined for 51 points. Green is 16-for-23 from behind the arc in the series.
San Antonio also received a superb game from forward Kawhi Leonard, who had 14 points, 12 rebounds and four steals.
Leonard is averaging 11 points and 12 rebounds in the series and has excelled on the defensive end against James, frustrating the Miami star with his tenacious defense and long arms.
"I'm studying my team concepts and just buying into our game plan," Leonard said. "That's all I'm doing - playing hard."
Miami will attempt to rebound from a 113-77 loss that stands as the third-largest margin of defeat in Finals history.
Heat forward LeBron James is blaming himself for the 36-point loss after he scored under 20 points for the third consecutive game. He promises a much better effort in Game 4.
"I take full responsibility for our team's performance (Tuesday) night," James said. "Me as a leader, I can't afford to perform like I did and expect us to win on the road. It's that simple. So I'm putting all the pressure on my chest, on my shoulders, to come through for our team. That's the way it is."
James is averaging a pedestrian 16.7 points and making just 38.9 percent of his field-goal attempts. The Heat were outscored by 32 points with him on the floor in Game 3, an embarrassing fact for the four-time NBA MVP.
James isn't receiving much help from center Chris Bosh, who hasn't scored more than 13 points in the series and is averaging just 9.3 points over the past seven games.
Guard Dwyane Wade also is having an underwhelming series, averaging 14.3 points.
Veteran swingman Mike Miller scored 15 points on 5-of-5 3-point shooting in Game 3 and has made eight straight 3-pointers over the past two games. He is 10-for-11 shooting in the series, including 9-of-10 from 3-point range.
KSAT 12's coverage of the NBA Finals begins with a "Drive For 5" sports special at 7 p.m. followed by the game at 8 p.m.
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